Austin Deferred Action Attorneys
Initially delivered in 2012 and updated in 2014, President Obama issued a memorandum that has had profound consequences for individuals who came to the United States as children without going through the usual legal process. Entitled “Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children,” this memo created what has come to be known as the deferred action program, which allows individuals in specific circumstances to remain in the country even if their status as immigrants doesn’t meet current legal requirements.
In order to qualify for the deferred action program, an individual must meet the following requirements:
- Have arrived in the United States before the individual’s 16th birthday
- Must have lived continuously in the U.S. since at least January 10th, 2010
- Must currently be enrolled in school, have graduated from high school, obtained a GED, or have been honorably discharged from the U.S. military
- Must not have a felony conviction or multiple and/or significant misdemeanor convictions on their criminal record, or otherwise pose a threat to public safety or national security
- Must be at least 15-years-old at the time of filing an application for deferred action
If an individual is approved for deferred action status, they receive protection from removal or deportation during the duration of the deferred action period, which can last for up to two years and can be renewed as long as the individual still meets the program’s requirements. In addition, the individual becomes eligible to obtain legal employment authorization.
If you are living in the United States illegally and you believe that you may qualify for deferred action status, an experienced attorney can help walk you through the application process in order to help you take advantage of this valuable opportunity. Contact the Austin immigration attorneys at the William Jang, PLLC, today by calling to speak with a knowledgeable legal professional about your situation and learn more about what we can do for you.
The Application Process
Individuals pursuing deferred action status can apply whether they are in removal proceedings or not. For those who are not currently in removal proceedings, the application must be filed with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Individuals in this position may also, if they so choose, apply for employment authorization.
Not the DREAM Act
Although President Obama’s deferred action program shares many elements in common with the DREAM Act, they are different in one key respect: while the DREAM Act would provide a path to permanent residency for those who qualify, the deferred action program does not do so. If you would like to learn more about the DREAM Act and what its passage would mean, please consult our link under Deferred Action Resources titled “A Letter from William Jang.”
At the William Jang, PLLC, we make an attempt to be as transparent as possible with our clients. In that light, the following is an explanation of the fees that our office charges for filing a deferred action application in the United States at the USCIS, as well as the filing fee charged by the USCIS:
- $1,000 attorney’s fee for new filings, $400 for renewals
- $495 for USCIS filing fee (for employment authorization)
Our dedicated legal team has substantial experience helping clients with a wide range of different immigration issues, and we know what it takes to effectively represent the needs of those applying for deferred action status. For a small sample of some of our prior cases, visit this link (link to /approved-cases/).
Deferred Action Resources
We are committed to helping clients and those who simply need a better grasp of their potential rights and options under the law to get the help and information they need. Therefore, we have compiled the following resources to help provide a clearer picture of the deferred action program and what applicants will need to get started: